The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has developed new data on how U.S. businesses changed their operations since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. This information, in combination with data collected by other current BLS surveys, will aid in understanding how businesses responded during the pandemic. Other BLS statistics collected and published during the pandemic provide indications of changes in employment, wages, job openings and terminations, employer-provided benefits, and safety and health. The new data provides additional insights by asking employers directly what they experienced as a result of the pandemic and how they responded.
February 9, 2022
Data from the 2021 Business Response Survey show that nationwide, 34.5% of establishments increased telework for some or all employees, 14.5% increased pay, and 17.5% required some or all employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
December 7, 2020
Data from the 2020 Business Response Survey show that nationwide 52 percent of establishments (4.4 million) told employees not to work (with or without pay) for at least some portion of the survey reference period.
Health care and social assistance employed 20 million private-sector workers in 2021. Employees in this industry have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 2 years. In response to the pandemic, establishments in health care and social assistance increased pay and added workplace flexibilities more frequently than establishments in the private sector overall. read more »
Using new data from the 2021 Business Response Survey, this article presents unique estimates of telework patterns observed during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. read more »